From Illinois Business Journal news services
ST. LOUIS – Robert Zafft, whose international law and consulting practice has served a worldwide clientele for more than 20 years, has joined the St. Louis law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. Zafft, a native of St. Louis, will serve of Counsel to Greensfelder’s business services practice, helping clients navigate international business and legal issues.
“Metropolitan St. Louis ranks as the 23rd largest exporting region in the country, with 85 percent of Missouri exports coming from firms with fewer than 500 employees,” said Vince Garozzo, president of Greensfelder. “Robert’s experience will be invaluable to Greensfelder clients and the St. Louis business community, especially emerging and mid-sized enterprises competing in an increasingly global economy.”
Zafft (left) served as a partner for Salans (now part of Dentons) in Europe and as supervising attorney for McDermott, Will & Emery’s Russia practice. His business experience includes management consulting for McKinsey & Company in Eurasia and private-equity work in the Bay Area for Exigen Group and Aon’s M&A group. He has counseled numerous foreign governments in Europe, Asia, and Eurasia on legal and economic reform as a senior advisor in Tony Blair Associates and a senior expert for the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
At Greensfelder, Zafft will advise businesses of all sizes on cross-border trade and investment, as well as counsel emerging and family-run businesses on general commercial matters, governance, and succession planning.
Zafft will also take part in St. Louis’s expanding start-up and technology community. Zafft’s Bay Area experience focused on early-stage and growth technology companies. He is a principal member of the Technology Business Management Council and was affiliated with McKinsey & Company’s technology practice. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and a degree in Russian Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He is fluent in Russian.
Greensfelder offers 17 legal-practice groups.